Florence is best for...
Piazza parties: Bars and gigs are often set up in Piazza Santo Spirito over the summer months
Culture vultures: Teatro Comunale and Teatro Verdi put on regular opera, ballet, plays and concerts
Outdoor music: Listen to music under the stars in Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi
Language: The language spoken in Florence is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Florence is the Euro
Local time: Florence is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Florence's main airport is Florence Airport
When the sun goes down, the Florence nightlife won’t disappoint. This city of refined culture also knows how to let its hair down into the small hours. Whether you’re looking for classical recitals or cocktails with a view, you’ll discover some amazing nightlife to really get the party going.
Nightlife in Florence revs up a gear during the summer months. The warm weather means more al fresco performances and entertainment. But this is a city that knows how to enjoy itself all year round and every day of the week. Just remember, things don’t get started until late in Italy though, so keep this in mind if you’re planning a night out.
Start your evening with an ‘aperitivo’ at a street-side bar and watch the world go by. Negroni is known as the cocktail of Florence, and the city claims it was invented here 100 years ago. You’ll find it on bar menus across the city or sip it at its supposed place of invention at Café Giacosa near Palazzo Strozzi. It’s a staple of Florence nightlife and a great way to get your night underway in real style.
It’s not just aperitifs on the menu in Florence. The city lies in the heart of Tuscan wine country, and the many wine bars are the perfect place to try a glass. Many offer tastings, so you can try a wide variety of the local produce and find out more about how it is made.
Love your artisan beer? You’re catered for too, with exceptional local brews on offer. Head a little way from the city centre to Santa Croce and you will stumble on Beer House Club, which serves a wide range of craft beers on draught as well as bottles.
The fine art, architecture, and history may give holidays in Florence a reputation for refined culture. But don’t forget this is also a bustling university city, with a big population of students. As a result, you’ll find dozens of clubs and bars full of the latest sounds.
If you want to escape the tourist buzz in Florence’s centre, enjoy partying like a local in the Oltrarno area, which lies just south of the river. The restaurants, bars, and clubs of this bohemian district come alive after dark. Or head back across the river to the main tourist hotspots around the cathedral and Uffizzi.
Above the picturesque cobbled streets around the Duomo you’ll find a choice of rooftop bars. Try the terrace on the roof at the Hotel Minerva in Piazza De Santa Maria Novella, which enjoys city views in every direction. Make the most of Florence nightlife with some of the best views in town.